Motley the Cat (Picture Puffin)

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9780140563078: Motley the Cat (Picture Puffin)

Previously published in hardback in 1997, a fact-based story about a cat who tries to find a permanent home with a family who, unfortunately for him, already have a cat. A picture book in the PICTURE PUFFINS series, illustrated in colour by Mary Fedden.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2AMotley, a "striped-like-a-tiger" cat, exudes elegance and power. When he first appears at a house by the river, the two little girls who live there are entranced, but they can't keep him because they already have a pet. However, this special feline is determined to find a home. Filled with strong images and rich language, Motley's story reads like a retelling of a legend about an ancient warrior. The text is printed in a wide column on one side of every double-page spread, creating a layout that showcases Fedden's brightly colored, textured paintings. The combination of distinguished artwork and highly descriptive language results in a refreshingly different story. However, the climax of the taleAthe reappearance of this magnificent feline on the very day the family loses their beloved elderly catAseems too convenient even though this is based on a true story. While not as endearing as Ann Martin's Leo the Magnificat (Scholastic, 1996), this title would provide a nice British flavor to a collection in need of some variety.AJackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 3^-8. Motley the Cat wants a home of his own. And when he meets two little girls on one of his many wanderings, it looks as if he's found it. But timing is everything; sometimes destiny plays a part, and when the right thing happens, it's magical. Amoore uses elegant, poetic prose, perfect for reading aloud, with wonderful rhythms peppered with occasional, surprising rhymes. The descriptions are imaginative, and they creatively capture sights, smells, and sounds from both feline and human perspectives for greater depth and compassion. Like T. S. Eliot's Jellicle Cats, striped-like-a-tiger Motley is mysterious, playful, and clever, less capricious than contemplative; he knows that sometimes things worth having are worth waiting for. The contemporary, brightly colored artwork is gorgeous, juxtaposing colors and patterns with unexpected details and perspectives to engage both young and old in seek-and-find. There's a home for every heart and a heart for every home in this delightful story of dreams and the magic of the perfect fit. Shelle Rosenfeld

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